CSG Midwest

Stateline Midwest ~ April 2013

In response to an ongoing shortage of primary-care providers — coupled with the fact that millions of Americans will be added to Medicaid and private insurance rolls under the federal Affordable Care Act next year — state policymakers are considering how to better train and deploy their health care workforces.

One strategy being considered by at least 12 states is to leverage an asset that already exists, by allowing certain “advanced practice” nurses to open their own practices.

Stateline Midwest ~ March 2013

While at least one Midwestern state may adopt same-day voter registration this year, officials in another have said they want to repeal it.

Stateline Midwest ~ March 2013

Starting next year, Minnesota will begin issuing individual income-tax refunds via debit cards instead of paper checks. While most refunds are deposited directly into checking accounts, the state has still been printing 1 million paper checks each year, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

 

Stateline Midwest ~ March 2013

States in the Midwest appear to be split on whether to expand their Medicaid programs, and a leading national expert says it’s the most consequential decision for policymakers since states were first given the chance to opt into the state-federal partnership 48 years ago.

Stateline Midwest ~ February 2013

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, all individual and small-group plans available in state health care exchanges must cover certain services, or “essential health benefits.”

States have recently crafted their EHB packages in response to a December deadline — and in order to prepare for Jan. 1, 2014, when exchanges will begin offering health plans.

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